Sunday, February 22, 2015

Photo-of-the-Week - Beauty In The Macro World - Rain Drops On Roses, Anywhere, Any Time



Something a bit different this week for the photo-of-the-week. Well, no, these are not raindrops on roses. They are raindrops on grass blades. It seems, in our busy and complicated world, we so often bypass much of the beauty and peace provided by nature. We are too busy rushing to work, to go shopping, to the kids' school events and athletic activities and so many other activities involving family, friends and others who place demands on our lives that we miss some of the most beautiful and, often, meaningful things all around us. . . READ MORE

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Living Free From The Inner Man - Guest Post from Richard Rosen

Living free from the burdens and entrapments of things material is the outward expression of the inner man living free. What does it mean to live free inwardly? Daily walking in alignment with your Spirit. (Religion terms it guardian angel or divine spirit.) Each of us has a connection to a personal guiding spirit that enables us to perceive  what’s right. 

For a practical way to do determine what choice to make, try this: . . READ MORE

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Photo-of-the-Week #198 Over the Mountains and Through the Desert, California, December 2014


There is something always intriguing to me about the desert. I'm not sure if it's the desolation, the unique scrub foliage, the vast distances with the mountains you know you'll inevitably reach or all of the above, but I really enjoy driving through the desert. . . READ MORE

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Meeting Mr. To Simplify, Glenn Morrissette, Los Angeles, California

One of the best parts of being a nomadic traveler is the people I get to meet along the way. I've met and continue to meet many very interesting and amazing people. Each of them has been uniquely different even though some share certain commonalities, such as being RVers or vandwellers, others have more traditional or very different life styles.

Last Thursday I had the opportunity of finally meeting up with someone many vandwellers are familiar with, mainly, like me, by following his blog. I've followed his blog for several years and have had several email and even a phone conversation or two over the years. But, we just never seemed to be in the same place at the same time to cross paths and ideas. Glenn and I were within about a one hour drive of one another a couple years ago when he was rolling around the east coast, but circumstances didn't allow us to come together. Well, it finally happened.

 I'm sure everyone who follows the www.tosimplify.net blog of Glenn Morrissette knows his story and recognizes the red VW Vanagon pictured above. This is the 1988 Vanagon Glenn bought a couple years ago to take on as a project and turn into his third official home on wheels. 

Glenn and I met at Bud's Donut Shop in Sun Valley (Los Angeles), California to meet up, finally, to sip a beverage, enjoy an hour or so of face to face conversation and discuss matters of a light philosophical nature along with a few that were more pragmatic. It was great to press the flesh and final do some real face time with a vandwelling personality I've looked forward to meeting up with since I first began reading his blog.

The circumstances of our meeting were a bit restrictive. I, and probably he, would have probably appreciated and enjoyed it more if it had been at some nice camping location with few other folks and no traffic around. Unfortunately, My McVansion was still being worked on, so I was in a borrowed SUV from my son and Glenn was under the pressure of producing a bunch of, as he puts it, black dots on paper for musical arrangements he has been assigned to complete on a tight schedule. So, our meeting was short, but in my case, I get to check off one more of the people on my "hit" list that I'm looking to meet.

 And, of course, I got to see that Vanagon and all the work that Glenn has put into it, including the 500 watts of solar power mounted on the roof. As soon as I get My McVansion back in my hands, I'll be off and heading out to meet numerous other people on my list, RVers, vandwellers and even "normal" people (whatever that means). I currently have a rental car and I've returned to the San Joaquin Valley (central valley), more specifically the Fresno/Clovis area, to revisit friends/family out here.

Great to meet up with you, finally, Glenn. Hopefully, next time we'll do it in a more relaxed environment with time to just lay back and toss the old bull around. Thanks for getting together this time.  

Monday, February 9, 2015

Photo-of-the-Week #197 Mandy's Coffee Shop, Hawthorne, California, January 2015


I love finding local places to eat. Chain restaurants are fine if you want the same food wherever you go, but I've had my share of that fare. So, last year I discovered Dee's Place in Sebring, Florida. This year, welcome to Mandy's Coffee Shop in Hawthorne, California. . . READ MORE

Saturday, February 7, 2015

What Is It Like To Be A Vagabond?

This is a question that is asked all the time to those, like myself, who choose to enjoy the adventure, excitement and educational experiences of life on the road. 

Recently, I was one of the subjects of a video documentary available on YouTube titled, Ed & The Aberts: Van Dweller and Cargo Conversion. Additionally, after the video footage was shot, but prior to the public release of the documentary, I was a guest, by phone, on WRVC, a Huntington, West Virginia radio station. And, the subject was vagabonding or being a nomad. 

I requested a copy of the radio interview from the station and I present it here for your listening enjoyment and hopefully your enlightenment about, at least, one of the individuals adopting such an alternative lifestyle. . . LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW HERE


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Photo-of-the-Week #196 A Seriously Different Christmas Tree, Los Angeles, California, January 2015


No political correctness here folks. If you're looking for PC, this ain't the place. Thus, behold a SERIOUSLY different Christmas Tree (not a holiday tree or a celebration tree - a Christmas Tree).

Yes, you would be correct in saying it's made completely from books. That's probably because it is located in The Last Book Store in downtown Los Angeles, California. . . READ MORE & MORE PHOTOS